shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
Origin of cruciate
1675–85;Related formscru·ci·ate·ly, adverbpost·cru·ci·ate, adjective
< New Latin cruciātus,
equivalent to Latin cruci-
(stem of crux
+ -ātus -ate1
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Derived Formscruciately, adverb
shaped or arranged like a crosscruciate petals
Word Origin for cruciate
C17: from New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux cross
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Word Origin and History for cruciate
"cross-shaped," from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "cross" (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning "tormented" is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux.
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Having the form of a cross, as in certain ligaments of the knee.
Arranged in or forming a cross, as for a bandage.
Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.
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